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Sat Apr 6, 2013, 5:42 AM

Basic Color Theory Guide

Today we are going to talk about beginning Color Theory with this guide. It is important to learn about the colors and their categories and opposites and this guide will help you learn more about colors and how they work together.

      The property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflects or emits light.

The Colors

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This is a Color Wheel that shows all the colors and how they are aligned with one another. 
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown etc.
Now let's learn more about these colors

The Primary Colors

Q: What are Primary Colors?
They're the main colors in a color wheel that can be blended to create other colors
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The Primary Colors are Red, Yellow, and Blue.

The Secondary Colors

Q: What are Secondary Colors?
They're colors blended from the Primary Colors. 
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The Secondary Colors include Orange, Green, and Purple/Violet

The Complementary Colors 

Q: What are Complement Colors?
They are the colors that are contradicting towards one another in other words, they're opposite colors.
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When the opposite colors are blended together, they create either "Tertiary Colors or the color Brown.
Here's the Complementary Color Connection




  • Complementary Colors also when combined in the right proportions, produce white light. The effect is not the same when mixing paints..when mixing the Complementary Colors in painting, the colors will blend to create brown.
  • Complementary Colors also can stand out and work together as well even though they're opposite.

The Theory of Black and White 

Q: What is the Theory of Black and White?
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Black is consider the absence of colors which makes white the light of all colors 
Q:Is Black and White really consider a color?
No. They're considered shades or tints. 
Q: Are black and white opposites?
Yes. They are opposites and when blended they create another shade/tint called Gray.

Hope this guide helped out!:heart:

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Windklang Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome compilation!
The colourwheel does unfortunately not show up at all :D Maybe theres a bug, or you forgot to put it in?
Hildugard Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Artist
I learned about the colors/combos in the 6th grade, Good presentation. :thumbsup:
MidNightMagnificent Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Useful! Definitely getting this into a pdf to save for offline reference too! (I have to shut myself from the Internet in order to focus and get real work done, sometimes.
AngelesLaVeau Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nicely done!!
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice article, the subject is a classic, but always useful =)
TheFlyingSparrow Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If mixed in the correct proportion, complementary colours (or all three primary colours, at that) will produce a quite usable black, actually. The proportions aren't thirds, because blue is darker in value than yellow and red, so it's less red and even less yellow in the mix.
AnnaGladue Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Pix3M Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013   Digital Artist
I dislike RBY because it has a bad gamut. Plus, ever seen a painter mix cyan and magenta oil paints and created a 'primary color'?
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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